I was roughly answering.” I made excuses in a hurry, but the Duke’s slightly hardened face did not straighten.

 

“He is famous for his bad hand habits, so refrain from meeting him in private.
If he calls you, ignore it.”

 

“It won’t happen so you don’t have to worry….” As I spoke, I tilted my head in confusion.

 

‘Worried……wait, worry?’ It can’t be, though. 

 

“Are you worried about me?” I asked the question carefully, out of curiosity.

 

“…..”

 

There was no answer.
But it couldn’t be true.
It was time to laugh at myself about how stupid the question I asked was.

 

“Yes.” Duke Perdia finally replied in a low voice.

 

I opened my eyes in shock and looked up at the Duke of Perdia.
“You are worried?”

 

“Yes.”

 

“…about me?”

 

“……how many times do I have to answer?”

 

I was just stunned when my father – who had no interest in me, let alone worried about me – suddenly did this.

 

Are you still taking care of me as your daughter? 

 

In the next moment, I became aware of the cold reality I was in.

 

‘It’s probably because he thinks I’m half of his blood.
If it turns out that I’m not his real daughter, he’ll throw me away without hesitation.’

 

I gave up my expectations which bloomed for no reason, recalling the fact that after it was found out that Elodie was not his own daughter, she died. 

 

Instead, I stared at the duke with a little nervousness.

 

“Father, I have something to tell you.”

 

“Do it.”


 

“I don’t know if my words will sound like nonsense, but……”

 

“…….”

 

“Watch out for your aide, Sir Arold.”

 

The Duke was free to believe me or not, but I wanted him to doubt his aide at least a little bit. 

 

If you find a traitor in advance, it will definitely be of great help in the future.

 

This was my gratitude for raising me.

 

***

 

In the banquet hall of the Imperial City of Wallentian, with the bright chandelier shining brightly throughout the wide and colorful hall, the eyes of the ladies of marriageable age were busy.

 

Glancing, glancing. 

 

There were always two men and the end of the staring gazes.

 

The two sons of the Perdia Family, Jansi and Carlot.

 

Although notorious enough to be called a villain family, there were many people who envied them for their great power, even the emperor.

 

In the eyes of the two Duke sons were countless ladies who wanted to become their lovers.
Whether amazed or not, Carlot was on a rampage about someone entirely different. 

 

“Ha! Shouldn’t she go see a doctor?”

 

“Carl.
Lower your voice,” Jansi said with a note of warning. 

 

“No, I’m right! Why is she suddenly clinging to the second prince? That’s nothing you can do with a clear mind.
Right?”

 

“The second prince was clinging.
Not Lili.” Jansi calmed him down, but Carlot couldn’t calm down.

 

Elodie was originally a troublemaker whenever she was at a party.
However, this time, she caused a great deal of trouble in a different sense.

 

“That’s it.
She is crazy right now! You can’t let her go in society! Do you know what else she is going to do if we leave her alone?”

 

As Carlot ran rampant, Jansi smiled quietly.

 

At that moment, the wine glass that Jansi was holding slowly blurred and soon disappeared.

 

The power of extinction.

 

Carlot’s eyes widened; he knew that Jansi didn’t use his ability in front of others.

 

Jansi smiled brightly and stroked his brother’s head with his now empty hand.

 

“I used my power without realizing it.
Rather than that, Carl, you’re a mess, so can you please stay still? You don’t know if I will use my power again.”

 

This was a warning under the guise of a request.

 

“Yes, Brother…” Carl, who was running wild like a colt, quickly became modest.

 

It was an absolute no-no to be at the receiving end of his brother’s power….

 

***


 

It was when I returned from the balcony and was sipping a drink from an attendant. 

 

After disappearing busily, my fiancé, who didn’t even show his nose, appeared in front of me and held out his hand.

 

“Will you give me the honor of dancing with you?”

 

I glanced at him and then returned to my drink.
“I don’t want to dance because I’m tired.”

 

“………” Adenmir’s expression hardened slightly, as if he didn’t think I’d refuse.
“Hold on.
I have something to say.”

 

It was an order rather than a solicitation.

 

I was reluctant, but that was no big deal for the prince.
I, the poor noble maiden, put my hand on his.

 

Before long, we started to dance like this.

 

I could feel the stinging eyes of the people looking at the two of us.

 

“Princess.”

 

His voice came too close.
His face was so close that I could feel his breath.

 

I nodded slightly, instead of answering.
His words continued.

 

“You said that you wanted to break off the marriage.”

 

“Yes.”

 

What? Why are you suddenly talking about breaking up the marriage?

 

Are you in the mood to break up?

 

I looked excitedly, with growing expectations, at the first prince, but he brutally crushed my expectations.

 

“Unfortunately, that would be difficult.”

 

My face fell.
“Why?”

 

“You, who want to break up with me, are quite useful.”

 

‘Useful? Me, useful?’

 

What are you talking about?

 

I felt my anger flare up in the moment.
I laughed nervously, pretending to be out of balance, and made a false step– 

 

Swish!

 

I stepped viciously on the first prince’s foot.

 

The first prince, whose foot was accidentally stepped on, scrunched his forehead and looked down at me as if to reprimand me. 

 

I faced him confidently, without averting my eyes.

 

“Oh, my mistake, Your Highness.”

 

Of course, I didn’t forget to give him my brightest smile.

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